The Detroit Sound Conservancy has set up an exhibit at the Detroit Public Library to honor the Graystone International Jazz Museum! I hadn’t heard of the GIJM or any of the history behind the place before helping out with the display. The museum was founded in 1974 by James Jenkins to fulfill an ongoing aspiration: to house […]
We are pleased to announce a tour collaboration with The Detroit Bus Company for our “Shifting Gears” tour. The first tour will take place on Sunday, May 3rd. Tickets will be $40. A portion of the profits will go to the DSC. You can read more about the tour here. You can purchase tickets here.
The DSC is pleased to be hosting a Detroit Techno Tour on Saturday, May 24th, for those in town for Movement Electronic Music Festival this Memorial Day weekend in Hart Plaza. Our co-host, Andrew Virden, has been a friend and sonic ally for years. He was a Founder of the Detroit Movement Guide and the […]
What ever happened to the Graystone Ballroom? For those who remember, or were lucky enough to be around during the heyday of the vibrant, African American community known as Paradise Valley, they know how important the Graystone was to Detroit. It was one the area’s main attractions. The Graystone Ballroom was a famous Detroit entertainment venue […]
United Sound Systems (USS) was the site of numerous well-known recordings, including those by the most popular artists of many genres. Jazz greats like Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, blues legends like John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters, Motown stars such as Jackie Wilson and Smokey Robinson, soul singers such as Aretha Franklin and Isaac […]
The Detroit Sound Conservancy believes that Detroit preservationists need an accurate, sourced, linked, serviceable history of their city. We have been attempting to build such a useable past for Detroit music since 2012 via the DetroitWiki. The goal here must be to take musical minutia – the arcane knowledge of musical anthropologists, record collectors, and […]
Originally published in Model D. Tuesday, April 24, 2012 and written by Carleton Gholz Stirring the Blue Bird to sing: Introducing the Detroit Sound Conservancy Every day lovers of Detroit sound lose another hero. As I write this, I have heard that Michael Davis, bass player for the seminal Detroit rock band the MC5, has passed away. In a […]
The first meeting of the Detroit Sound Conservancy was a raging success. First meeting up at the wonderful Avalon bakery on Willis in the Midtown area of Detroit and discussing possibilities for our burgeoning group. Then going over to the now defunct (infamous jazz club) the Blue Bird Inn and taking pictures to mark what we hope will […]